What we want

The Stockholm +50 Coalition brings together organisations and individuals with common values and demands for deep, transformative changes of our societies in order to achieve global justice and sustainability.

The texts below provide an indication about the kinds of issues, themes and demands that unite us.

Stockholm +50 Coalition Platform

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Intertwined crises

We are facing an unprecedented set of existential crises that threaten human societies and many of the planet’s ecosystems. In this context, we welcome the Stockholm +50 UN conference on a healthy planet with prosperity for all. We share this vision, but recognize the need to go much further than governments are ready to do.

Many human societies have been faced with overwhelming ecological, social, political, economic and war related challenges. Sometime these where possible to overcome, while other times they resulted in collapse. We have much to learn from the catastrophes and exploitations that many indigenous peoples, cultures, ethnic groups and colonized areas and discriminated groups have suffered, and are still confronting.

Humanity now faces a situation where several accelerating, destructive processes undermine the very core functions of our climate and biosphere. Uncountable ecosystems are at risk. We risk making the planet unhabitable for humans.

The impacts of the climate crisis, species extinction, arms races/militarisation and global injustices all impact people in vastly different ways. Wealthy people who have caused the problems are much less affected than those who play little or no role in creating the problems (also blatantly clear and further exacerbated by the way the Covid pandemic has been managed). This fundamental difference of responsibility and who need to be prioritized is central for how we need to tackle the global environmental and social crises.

Increased spending on militarism, arms races and lack of investments for peace to handle conflicts also lead to less resources for social and ecological transformation. We appeal to all social movements to resist destructive forces at play, and to jointly act for real solutions.

Peoples Forum

The Stockholm +50 Coalition will be organizing the Peoples Forum for Environment and Global Justice in end of May and beginning of June 2022. This Peoples Forum takes place fifty years after the first UN conference on environment and development was held in Stockholm in 1972, which was also the birthplace for the parallel civil society meetings and manifestations that have been held during UN summits ever since. Social movements with strong representation from the global south challenged, critiqued and helped broaden the discourses at the formal meeting – including emphasis on health, social rights and deeper development critique. It laid the ground for independent civil society engagement around UN meetings for half a century to come.

Sweden and Kenya co-host the this year’s formal UN Stockholm +50 conference. At the same time, social movements are planning parallel activities to highlight principles, demands and actions that respond to the depth and seriousness of the crises we are facing – with global justice and challenging of power relations at the core.

Fifty years of international negotiations show that neither states nor market mechanisms are equipped to tackle the intertwined crises we are facing. Rather, we need transformative processes through massively strengthened popular engagement and broad mobilization. We need a combination of resistance against dangerous distractions and false solutions, and a mobilization of people based force for change that foster existing and emerging alternatives that celebrate cultures of peace and cooperation rather than competition.

We may have different views, priorities and motivations for what is most important, and in what order we need to transform our societies. We may also have diverse views on the role and importance of states, markets, entrepreneurship, collective ownership and community power. What is key, however, is to emphasize interconnected root causes and the need for broad and deep systemic change within all societies. As in 1972, a key role of civil society is to expose how discussions and proposals among governments in the formal UN meeting are generally too shallow, and tend to maintain inherently unsustainable and unjust development models. All societies/countries need to transform – there are no “developed” countries.

Ways forward

We need to highlight alternative development visions that spell out real alternatives. The power of large corporations both nationally and internationally must be curbed, and the integrity of the UN system maintained. Short-term profit must be trumped by real alternatives to the current economic order based on precaution, sufficiency, justice, human rights, equality, and respect for nature.

The acute climate and environment crises require a never before seen mobilization and multilateral efforts to stop fossil fuel production and deforestation, paired with collaborative measures and repayments of climate and environmental debt to enable formerly colonized areas to transition to renewable and democratized energy systems, sustainable forestry and agroecological, regenerative food production.

We appeal to all social movements to formulate common approaches grounded in participatory democracy and rejection of all forms of undue power, vested interests and mounting inequalities. To revert current disastrous trajectories, unprecedented numbers of people fighting for their future and more just and sustainable societies need to be mobilized, spanning the very local to global levels. Rage and sorrow over irreversible destruction and threatened futures must be constructively channeled into action that confront power while embracing and celebrating shared quests for global justice, including justice between and within countries and towards future generations.

In these efforts it is important to recognize the vastly different realities faced by people in for example rural and urban areas. The increasing gaps between centre and periphery both between and within countries require resources be taken from privileged areas and militarism towards common needs so that no one is left behind. It is also necessary to deal with gender relations, colonialisim and neocolonialism, imperialism, racism and other asymmetries of power in order to form the necessary alliances to build societies shaped by non-dominance, trust and safety.

We are convinced that the primary force behind such an agenda are peoples’ movements that join struggles with others. We hope our activities around Stockholm +50 can facilitate the coming together of a diversity of movements: environmental movements that see labour rights and social justice as integral to the global climate and ecological crises, farmers and landless peoples’ movements, trade unions, community associations, movements for proper health and housing; human rights, women’s and youth rights, anticolonial and anti-imperialist movements, minority rights, economic justice, indigenous, peace, transition and many other movements.

Issues, themes and demands

The Stockholm +50 Coalition invites movements across issues, sectors and geographies to strategise and take action together. The following areas provide an indication of the kinds of issues and demands that unite us.


Visions of Equitable Societies with Well-being for All

Replace outdated growth-obsessed development models that put profit before people. Envision 100% renewable energy, food, forest, transportation and other systems that are people-centred and environmentally sound.


Equity and Global Justice at the Core of All Actions

Repay colonial  and climate debts. Ensure just transitions across all sectors, fulfil past promises and commitments, and vastly scale up public financing from the Global North to the Global South. Advance genuine, participatory democracy and challenge dominance and any abuse of power.


The Root Causes of Climate Change

Rapidly phase out fossil fuel production with equity, differentiated responsibilities and just transition at heart. Curb over-consumption. Phase out large-scale monoculture farming and stop deforestation. Transition to real zero emissions – reject off-sets, geoengineering, hollow net-zero targets and other dangerous distractions.


Uncompromisable Rights of People and Nature

Unite in struggles for intersectional justice and the rights of women, workers, indigenous peoples, youth, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and other groups fighting oppression. Fulfil the right to development for all. Respect the Rights of Mother Earth, fight racism, and defend the right to resist environmental and social destruction.


Corporate Concentration of Power – Replace the Broken Economic System

Break corporate monopolies. Overhaul the global financial architecture, unfair trade rules, patent systems and market obsessions. Assess and ban dangerous technologies. Support the establishment of a UN convention to regulate the activities of transnational corporations.


Military Spending – Invest in Health and Social Protection

Dismantle the military-industrial complex. Build health and social protection systems that ensure healthy lives in dignity and sufficiency for everyone, everywhere.